Running Connection to the Chilean Mine Rescue

Unless you have completely avoided the news for the last two months your are probably familiar with the story of the 33 Chilean miners who were rescued yesterday. It is hard to imagine how the miners were able to keep themselves going for 69 days while stuck nearly half a mile under the earth’s surface.

It turns out Edison Pena kept himself going by running approximately 5-10 km daily. Not only did he have to contend with the heat and humidty in the mine, he also had to deal cigarette smoke when rescuers decided to provide Pena’s fellow miners with a ration of 40 cigarettes per day.

After hearing of the story, the CEO of the New York Road Runners decided to invite Pena to take part in the New York City Marathon as a participant or a guest. Hopefully he is able to take them up on the offer!

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